Royce had a terrible stroke of luck. The dog was found as a stray in Miami, Florida and was brought to a large local shelter. He was covered in cuts and bruises and had clearly been through a lot in his life. He was young, so things looked good for him. Royce was quickly adopted but then returned to the shelter—and that happened to him twice. He has a cute face and is intelligent, but he also has a lot of energy, which could be why he was returned twice to the shelter.
After he was returned twice, the shelter believed him to be “unadoptable” and slated him for euthanasia. However, before that could happen an employee posted about him on Facebook hoping someone would see him and want to help. That someone was a man named David Sebba who decided he wanted to adopt Royce. David lives two hours away in Orlando, so he called the shelter and asked them to hold Royce while he hopped in his car to drive two hours to rescue him. He made it to the shelter before they closed and he got to meet Royce while he was there.
Royce was having a tough time in the shelter environment, so he was thrilled to get out of his kennel and meet David. David decided to adopt him on the spot and the pair got in his car to make the long drive back home. David says Royce paced back and forth in the car as they drove, clearly anxious. Perhaps those times that Royce was adopted and returned made him uncertain about what was happening. Once they arrived home, Royce made himself right at home, running around and playing with their other dog’s tennis ball. Royce unfortunately did not care for cats, so he now lives with David’s mother and the pair love each other so much.